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"We found the knife," Mr. Munn said aggressively, "and
the watch. What do you want for evidence?"


"Well-----" Mr. Munn repeated. "And God knows you

couldn't ever expect a jury to believe that story about the frog
finding the knife. Now, could you?"

" Well, I didn't say you could. All I said was, maybe he
was guilty, A feller who could do what he's just done,
could do-----"

" If you don't mind, Mr. Sills, I'd prefer not to discuss the

" Suit yourself," Mr. Sills answered. " The nigger is dead
that had the knife, and you can't unhang him. All I was
saying was-----"

" If you'll excuse me, Mr. Sills, I don't want to discuss it."

" Suit yourself," Mr. Sills said again, and shrugged slightly.
Mr. Munn thought for an instant that he detected a flicker of
amusement, or triumph, in Mr. Sills' eyes, and anger gripped
him. Then, scrutinizing Mr. Sills' face, he wasn't sure, it was
so colourless, so unmoving. He took a quick gulp of his

"But this, gentlemen, now this," Professor Ball was say-
ingó" this is more immediate. The other is past. And this,
now, is serious."

" Serious enough," Mr. Sills agreed; then added, " But what
to do, that's the question."

" He took an oath," Professor Ball reminded them.

Mr. Sills turned to Mr, Munn, saying: "Sorrell said he'd
just about as soon pay the five hundred, even if it would sure
pinch him a right smart, if he thought that'd settle anything.
But he said it'd all happen again, sooner or later."

"He took an oath," Professor Ball said. "It was a sacred
oath, before God, and we all took it."

Mr. Sills went on: " Mr. Sorrell said he was for running
biro out of the country. Even if that wouldn't do any good,
he said it would give km a lot of satisfaction."

41 It was an oath," Professor Ball repeated once more,